This volume examines special issues associated with providing services and guidance to African American men. Although this group of men is like any other in its struggle with its social and economic problems, African American men experience a higher rate of murder, imprisonment, unemployment and racism. The contributors to this book provide a broad, interdisciplinary view of the possible solutions to the different problems facing African American men.
Chapter 20: Delivering Comprehensive Services to High-Risk African American Males
Delivering Comprehensive Services to High-Risk African American Males
There is a crisis in the lives of many African American men. Too many of their lives are marked by unemployment, criminal activity, and substance abuse. On an average day in the United States in 1990, one in every four African American men age 20 to 29 was involved with the criminal justice system, that is, in prison, in jail, or on probation/parole (Mauer, 1990).
Because there is a close association between drug abuse and criminal justice involvement (Elliott, Huizinga, & Ageton, 1985; National Institute of Justice, 1995), it is not surprising to find high rates of drug dependence among the most vulnerable African American men.
During adolescence, the use of addictive ...